“Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution” book is a joint book project of ArbitralWomen and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As noted in the preface, the book is a tribute to women pioneers in dispute resolution and also to those women who more recently have embarked on the difficult path of highly competitive and coveted arbitration activities. The main objectives of the book are to share success stories of women pioneers in their field of expertise and to promote female practitioners in dispute resolution.
We are honoured that the FAI Secretary General, Heidi Merikalla-Teir, was invited to share her story in the book. In her article, Heidi elaborates on why all Finns can be proud of Finland’s and its fellow citizens’ achievements in bringing change to society both in terms of gender equality and conflict resolution. She suggests that women’s impact on dispute resolution relates to the broader topic of changing mindsets in dispute resolution. Moreover, she addresses the important role played by the parties and arbitral institutions in arbitrator nominations and appointments.
The FAI has been at the forefront of promoting diversity in arbitrator appointments, long before signing the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge in 2016. The, by international standards, high share of female arbitrators appointed by the FAI Board (32% in 2017) has been accomplished by encouraging open-minded discussion on suitable arbitrator candidates at FAI Board meetings.
You may download a copy of the book here: https://cdn-arbitral.pressidium.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2nd-Edition_Women-Pioneers_30.11.2018_small-size.pdf.
Heidi Merikalla-Teir’s article can be read on page 143 onwards and here.